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state's governor may be doing in the future. but critics think chris christie's weight is a big obstacle. >> but now christie is blasting those critics saying, hey, enough is enough. with more on this, here's abc's dan harris. >> this is just another hack who wants five minutes on tv. >> reporter: chris christie displaying his famous candor, reacting to dr. connie mariano, the former white house doctor, who, on cnn, called the governor a time bomb. >> i'm a physician more than a democrat or republican and i worry about this man dying in office. >> she must be a genius. >> reporter: the governor questioned how she could diagnose him from her office in arizona. >> it's completely irresponsible. my 12-year-old son came to me last night and said, dad, are you going to die? >> hey, bring it, fat boy! >> chris christie said he's not going to run for re-election next year. he's like, i'll collapse that bridge when i get to it. >> reporter: his weight has been constant source of attention. christie who was slender and
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athletic as a young man, insists his health is still good. >> if you talk to anybody in the room that's struggled with their weight -- >> reporter: he insists his health is still good, but he's aware his weight could become a serious issue, and that he has a plan to deal with it. when you look at him, do you think he's a ticking time bomb? >> i think it's really very judgmental to have such a strong conviction when you have no innate knowledge of his level of activity, his left of fitness. >> reporter: but dr. mariano said it is sad the governor cannot take my advice and instead chose to attack me personally. probably not going to fly with christie, who has now made it very clear that he has no patience for people who speculate about his health before having all the facts. >> until that time, she should shut up. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news. >> i agree with the governor. he's not running for national office just yet. he said he's battling his weight issue. it's his issue.
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he's aware of it, doing what he can and until he runs for president or whatever he's going to do in the future, leave the man alone. the governor's weight is not a national news story. >> and he owns it. he said, i weigh too much because i eat too much. >> he owns it. and we're not exactly a slim nation. he's not the only one with a problem out there. i don't understand the big deal. everyone back off, let him have his doughnut and move on to something relevant. still ahead, a new survey reveals what singles really want in a date. >> how does the survey measure up in the real world? we'll be right back. >> announcer: "world
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very little. >> welcome back to the quiet store. as with anything in life, you have to know what you want before you get it. and it's the same deal with dating. i've always said that. >> a new survey from match.com reveals what many singles out there are looking for. so abc's linsey davis hit the streets to find out if that survey actually holds true. ♪ i won't dance >> i'm going to be the one guy on earth who knows what women want. >> you're welcome my little sweet buns. >> reporter: you might not have to be a mind reader like mel gibson to know what singles want in an i deal mate. a brand new survey from match.com shows what men and women find attractive in the opposite sex. attributes that surprised many of the singles we found honing and toning their bodies at new york sports club. are there certain body parts that you would be attracted to? >> i have to say eyes. >> probably the eyes. >> reporter: in the online and admittedly unscientific survey, eyes didn't score in the top ten things men or women judge the
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opposite sex on the most. would it surprise you to know that the number one thing that men said attract them to women and women said attracted them to men -- teeth? >> really? >> i would say the smile. >> probably the smile. >> reporter: speaking of the mouth, it's not your smile but what comes out of it. that is second on the list of essentials. the second thing is grammar. >> oh, i love grammar. >> reporter: while men and women agree that teeth and grammar are the two most important attrib e attribut attribut attributes, women say clothes followed by hair and men prioritized hair right before clothes. the top must have for 63% of men, someone they can trust. 84% of women say someone who treats them with respect. and apparently virgins need not apply. 42% of unattached men and women say they wouldn't date one. would you date a virgin? >> i think i'm too old for that. >> reporter: but what will apparently help you get on the fast track to a hot date?
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some dental floss and toothpaste. you guys both have very nice teeth. that should make you very eligible bachelors, i would say. >> hopefully. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> that's not education level, not what your face looks like. >> they're worried about the snaggle tooth. >> what if they have wonderful teeth but their face is busted? that's okay? that's not okay. >> that can't be right. do you have a -- is there a key body part for you? >> yes. >> yes. it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction
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unlike other diapers, pampers has 3 absorbent layers, for up to 12 hours of protection overnight, and more beautiful mornings. ♪ pampers. peaceful nights. playful days. ♪ well, here at abc it's no secret we love cute videos. we definitely love that. this one pretty hard to beat. apparently this is a little baby who was going to sleep, but they put on the ubiquitous song
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"gangnam style" and take a look how the little youngster reacted in the back seat of the car. he was knocked out and that song came on and you can see to the delight of i assume his sister, just rocking out. >> their own version of "gangnam style." that's for sure. >> he's into it, man. hooets feeling the beat. i like it. that is cute. >> that is cute. moving on to other stories about kids. there's a dad in boston. he is the vice president. his name is paul, and he drafted up a legal agreement with his 14-year-old daughter named rachel to give her $200 if she agrees to stay off facebook for six months. it was her idea to do this. because she says she wants to get a job and focus more on school. and you may remember we did a story yesterday about the fact that a lot of people across america, 65% of those polled,
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take time off of facebook, because they lose interest or don't have the time for it. >> that doesn't apply to us. many times a day i'm on facebook. >> i can do some of it. i'm not an addict per se, but i like facebook. >> i can't remember the last time i was not on it. >> when i was on maternity leave, there was less facebook time. >> is that what you said willis? >> oh, the willis. the willis. >> i'm not going to respond to that. also, if you're like me, you may have wondered what they do with all of the wrong jerseys for the super bowl. they print a whole bunch of stuff. what did they do with the stuff that said, hey, 49ers, world champions? they send it to a group called world vision, which sends those clothes overseas, to parts of the world who have no idea about nfl football. have the internet. and all those clothes go there.
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so they don't waste all that stuff. it goes to a good cause, which is good to see. just interesting trivia. >> that's the kind of thing that you -- they don't have the internet. so they'll never find out. these are places -- these are places that have no idea. >> exactly. they need it. they're impoverished nations. so good. >> and the 49ers, what are you going to do at that point? they lost. my 49ers. >> you were very bummed about that. those wounds starting to heal? >> i'll take some of the gear. send it to me. i'll take some bum gear. what do we call that gear? >> send it to deeply impoverished manhattan. we're so in need here.
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this morning on "world news now" -- about face. lance armstrong's 11th hour decision to testify under oath in his doping scandal. >> his last-minute move last night and the multimillion-dollar lawsuit he faces today. it's thursday, february 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll hear all about the last-minute legal maneuvers and what it means for lance armstrong in our top story. this is something we were definitely not expecting. >> no. no. he's had a remarkable last few weeks. first the big admission with oprah. and now apparently he was petrified when news broke that this could turn criminal. now a very different change in tune for mr. armstrong. >> so we'll delve into that. also this morning, the worst winter storm in years is about to threaten major airline hubs and millions of people, from chicago to the northeast. accuweather is tracking all of it. >> it is wintertime, folks. here we go. you and i share a strong loathing of cold weather. i know you're a new york girl. >> quite a disdain for it. oh, yeah, no -- i -- not a fan of the cold. and i'm not a fan of people who like the cold. >> i agree. i don't get it. >> i don't understand. what could you possibly like? there are activities in the cold
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like skiing and that's fun. but to just like the cold? >> i don't like it. give me a beach, 80 degrees. some flip-flops and a corona. >> you like chlorine. >> i like the beach, i don't like the ocean. that's different. >> like to look at the ladies. then to a "world news now" followup. american couples who got caught up in a political tangle while trying to adopt russian children. one family's struggle to bring home a special needs daughter for good. later on this half hour, the fashion police cracking down on the grammy awards. what performers can and cannot wear. it is a pretty specific guideline. we'll explain all of that in "the skinny." that's coming up. >> some of the ladies like to show a little something something on the red carpet. they're cracking down in very explicit terms of what you can and cannot show. >> and mm -- >> and mm. and what? >> yeah. >> that will be fun.
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so we'll get to that in just a second. of course, our top story this half hour. federal anti-doping authorities are giving lance armstrong more time to prepare for what should be bombshell testimony under oath about how he used illegal drugs while winning seven tour de france titles. >> that extension comes amid legal -- some serious legal woes. abc's neal karlinsky has the latest. >> reporter: abc news learned that lance armstrong has made an an 11th hour about face and will now likely testify under oath and give full details of how he cheated for so long to the u.s. anti-doping agency. armstrong had been faced with a deadline to testify or lose his last chance at break on his lifetime ban from sports. in a just-released statement, usada wrote -- we have been in talks with mr. arm strorng and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution to clean up the sport of cycling.
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the sudden change comes on the heels of an abc news exclusive. our report that according to a high level source, agents are actively investigating armstrong or obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation, for allegedly threatening people who dared tell the truth about his cheating. a case reignited by his recent confession to oprah. >> i didn't invent the culture. >> mm-hmm. >> but i didn't try to stop the culture. >> reporter: if charges are ultimately filed, the consequences could be severe. >> these are serious potential crimes. you're talking about possible sentences, up to five, ten years. >> reporter: the pressures against armstrong are immense, and include civil claims that could cost him tens of millions. anti-doping officials say they're giving armstrong two weeks to come in and tell them who helped him pull off one of the greatest scandals in the world of sport. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> so he has two weeks to come clean or have to testify under oath. february 20th a very important deadline for lance. >> that's right. there's something else that's out there.
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there's a dallas-based p promotions company that is filing a lawsuit against armstrong. they want to recover $12 million they paid him in bonuses for winning the tour de france seven times. this man is being hit by all directions. some would say he went out there and asked for it with this oprah confession. >> but it had to be calculated. i mean, he has a team of lawyers and pr people. >> oh, he knew what he was doing. >> he had to know something was coming. maybe that was a way from a pr perspective to get a hand up on things. there's a reason he claim clean. it wasn't because he woke up that day and said, oh, i'll talk to oprah. >> i don't know that he expected all of this. >> i mean, legal, criminal, financial, it's a big hit. and that ban is from all competitive sports. >> he can never -- anything that is posted, he can never, ever compete in whatever that competition is. >> and the doping was bad. but with anything you do in life the lying makes it worse. >> the coverup and the lying. you've always said that.
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now we're going to turn to an update on u.s. skier lindsey vonn. she will have surgery on her injured knee next week. she tore two ligaments and broke a bone in a race in austria. she will have surgery in colorado. no one is saying when she'll be arriving there, actually. she says she will do whatever it takes to be ready for next year's olympics which begin a year from today. the northeast is bracing for what is likely to be a monster storm expected to leave some cities buried under two feet of snow. forecasters say it could be the worst snowstorm to hit the northeast since the powerful blizzards that paralyzed the area two winters ago. the heaviest snow moves in friday evening, with boston and coastal new england bearing the brunt of it. and the new york city area could also get a fair share of snow. and the storm is trouble for airline travelers and major hubs, including chicago. some airlines are already waiving rebooking fees from midwest and northeast flights. major delays and cancellations are expected to follow. and snow is coming down in chicago.
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freezing rain and sleet is expected throughout the morning. that means a very messy and treacherous commute for millions of people. as the storm intensifies, plows are also hitting the streets in madison, wisconsin. >> we can't complain too much. the last two winters have been fairly light by northeast terms. so we're kind of due for a messy one, and here it comes. >> it always happens in february. >> that's right. as you can imagine, winter warnings and advisories have been posted in 14 states from minnesota over to maine. >> the storm will develop into a nor'easter. accuweather meteorologist jim dickey has the latest. good morning, jim. >> good morning, rob and diana. we're tracking the potential for a crippling winter storm that will develop into friday as two systems come together here. the area we're watching especially here in across massachusetts, towards southern maine. by the time all is said and done here, many spots picking up
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multiple feet of snow. snow in massachusetts up on through vermont, new hampshire. it arrives late friday, lasting in some cases all the way through saturday. rob and diana, back to you. >> thanks a lot, jim. now to that bombshell on capitol hill where we can expect to get a rare glimpse inside the secret world of the cia. later today. it's all part of a confirmation hearing for john brennan. as the next head of the spy agency. he's expected to be questioned about the controversial policy that allows drone strikes against terror suspects, even those who are american citizens. civil liberties groups say such strikes are unconstitutional. >> it justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> trying to head off the controversy ahead of the hearing today, the white house has ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents that explain the white house's drone policy. a boeing 878 dreamliner will
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fly from texas to washington state today, but that doesn't mean it's closer to carrying passengers any time soon. 787s are grounded while investigators try to determine what caused a fire in one of them and smoke inside of another. the plane's lithium ion battery is under scrutiny. a lead investigator says the batteries aren't necessarily unsafe. but boeing needs to build reliable safeguards in the event of a problem. today's flight is not a test, it's simply to relocate that aircraft. also from the airline industry, our station in dallas reports american airlines and u.s. airways are very close to a merger. the announcement is likely to be made official sometime next week. it's believed that the combined airline will retain the american name. if it happens, the new airline would likely be the nation's largest, measuring it by traffic. a unique athletic event took place here in new york last night. it was the 36th annual empire state building run-up. runners climbed 86 flights of stairs from the buildings's lobby all the way up to the
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observation deck. >> if you're counting, that's 1,576 steps in all. but who's counting? australians won the men's and women's division. also among the participants was talk show host kelly ripa. she participated, there she is, along with some of the on-air personalities of our new york station, wabc. congrats to everyone who, unlike me, has the stamina and fitness level to endure that little run there. >> so this is kind of cute. she was raising money, that's why she did this. >> kelly? >> yeah. for a charity called team for kids. she wanted to raise $35,000. as of air, she had raised 36 grand. so good for her. congratulations. >> good for kelly. is that something you think you could do? are you fit? like a fitness nut? >> no. in fact, i had seen kelly working out, and i would get to the gym, she would be on the treadmill. i would do my entire workout, which was a half an hour, with like, warmup, and cooldown, and i would shower and leave and she
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would still be there. >> oh, kelly. >> thanks, kelly. making me look good. coming up next, the fashion police cracks down on the grammy awards this weekend. >> and the hamburger heiress worth billions. meet an unusual woman with a whopper of a net worth. you're watching "world news now." ♪ you can rely on the old man's money you can rely on the old man's money ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. people everywhere with sore throats
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♪ i'm going home to the place where i belong ♪ a 5-year-old russian girl is going home for the first time in her young life. her adoptive parents from arkansas are ready to bring her to the united states. but other couples have not been so lucky. >> here is one of the last adoptions that's being allowed. abc's kirit radia brings us is story from moscow. >> reporter: it's a reunion that almost didn't happen. kendra and jason skaggs arrived in moscow to pick up paulina, a 5-year-old orphan with spina bifida, now their adoptive daughter. >> it's a dream come true. >> it doesn't quite hit you yet that we have her and she's ours. >> reporter: paulina is one of the last russian children to be adopted by americans, barely escaping russia's new ban on adoptions to the united states. it went into effect on january 1st. part of russia's retaliation for a set of human rights sanctions passed by the u.s. last year. americans have adopted over 60,000 russian children since
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the end of the soviet union. but russian officials have pointed to the cases of 19 children reportedly abused by american parents. meanwhile, ordinary russians reached out to offer support. one woman gave kendra and jason $1,000 to help cover expenses. another dropped off a pair of warm boots for paulina. finally, authorities agreed to allow about 50 children to travel to the u.s., including paulina. yet hundreds more adoptions remain stuck. those families may never see the children again. as she prepared to leave moscow, paulina was excited. practicing her english, and playing with her new gift. >> she's learning that it's forever and we'll be there when she goes to sleep and we'll be there when she wakes up. >> reporter: when the plane touched down in houston, paulina skaggs was finally home. kirit radia, abc news, moscow. >> and good to see that story, but keep in mine that hundreds of cases are still locked up, not moving anywhere. even cases where parents have
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met the child. some parents are looking into some kind of legal action or some kind of next step to fights this. but certainly an uphill battle. in what is a difficult situation. >> you connect with a child and then you have to leave them behind. >> exactly. tough, tough, tough. coming up next, some big promises from the filmmakers behind the end of a very popular trilogy. >> oh, i like that. and diamonds are a kardashian's best friend. but this unusual jewel is creating some backlash for kim. that's next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> welcome, everybody, to "the skinny." >> this next story is dedicated to willis. you're going to like this. >> willis, you can't wear your pasties anymore. all right, so with the grammys coming up, the annual grammys have apparently sent out a wardrobe advisory to attendees. and this is because of their wardrobe problems that we've seen in past years. >> scandalous. remember that? >> this was mtv awards. pasties are not allowed. i want to read you this. this is what's really interesting. i'm going to read you some of the quotes. be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.
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thong-type costumes are not allowed. bare sides or under curvature of breasts are deemed problematic. hello, j. lo. visible buttocks curves or buttock cracks -- >> crack will kill you. >> -- also not allowed. or see-through clothes that can expose female breast nipples also not allowed. so you can wear -- >> what's the point of watching? >> you can wear your sheer shirt and show male nipples. female nipples not allowed. that's sexist. >> nipples don't -- >> what if i want to show my nipples? that's not cool. >> it is sweeps. go for it. >> we need the ratings. >> the grammys cracking down. people like to see those raunchy outfits. we'll see who breaks the rules. that's always the fun part. also, big news here. "hangover 3" is coming. i don't care what anyone says, people loved that movie. >> "hangover 1" one of my favorite movies of all time. hands down. >> number two didn't get a lot
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of great reviews. >> it was terrible. >> what they're saying about number three is it is going to tie back to the first movie in a unique way. and they see this movie as the ending to the "hangover" trilogy. this movie was a cultural phenomena and made a ton of money. so it's good that this one will be coming out. so stay tuned for that coming out may 2013. >> wow, really, already? >> i think i'm reading that correctly. yes. >> wow. it takes a shoe string and $3 to make those movies nowadays. now kim kardashian, your wife, and i apologize i have to talk about this story. but kim kardashian signed a pledge that -- against gun violence when the sandy hook thing happened. and she enkournlgd her twitter followers to do the same. then she posted on twitter this picture, which obviously goes against everything. it's diamond encrusted and a
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really cute gun, i get it. but not days, days after you sign the pledge and ask your people to sign the pledge, as well. she quickly deleted this. obviously realizing the hypocrisy of it. and she's posted other pictures of her and guns before. so it's not the first time. >> kim has never been known for her big brain. also, chris brown is back in court, in relation to the 2009 issue with rihanna. and guess who he shows up with? rihanna herself. they're back in court. trying to figure out as part of his probation, did she skip out on the community service he was required to do? >> after beating her up. >> there is rihanna still standing by her man. of his probation, did she skip out on the community service. >> after beating her up. >> there is rihanna still standing by her man. new sfloou
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♪ whoa you're a rich girl and you've gone too far cause you know it don't matter any way ♪ >> you can rely on the old man's money. i love that song. >> that wasn't the "rich girl" song i thought we were going to be playing. >> you were expecting the
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hip-hop version? >> yeah. >> this is abc. b.e.t. is that way. >> you can take the girl out of queens. >> nothing wrong with it, baby. nothing wrong with it. >> all right. now to the story of a reclusive heiress, one of the youngest female billionaires on the planet and rob's new crush. >> this is a nice story here. lindsey torres owns half of the fast food chain in-and-out burger. soon she'll own it all. abbie boudreau has a look at torres and her unusual life. >> reporter: in-and-out burgers have cult status with 281 restaurants in five states, and 2.9 million facebook fans worldwide. but just like their secret ingredients -- what's in that sauce by the way? much about the burger chain's owner remains a mystery. until now. she's 30-year-old lindsey torres, outed as the youngest
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female billionaire in america. but who is she? >> she's very secretive, as is the company. she's kept this very low-profile. >> reporter: in the 2010 documentary, "california gold in and out," she gives a rare interview, talking about teaching employees the values her grandparents built the company on. >> we started as a very small family, very small company. and i like to bring that family atmosphere. >> reporter: here's a little we know about torres. she inherited the burger empire at age 30. she's been married three times, a proud mommy of twins. and her unusual hobby? >> you can catch america's youngest female billionaire racing a car as much as 170 miles an hour. >> reporter: as a private company, in-and-out's earnings are a secret, too. though some estimates put them over $600 million a year. perhaps that's why she with spring for this sprawling $17 million estate, complete with 7 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a
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golf course and yes, a gourmet kitchen. a world away from the family kitchen she used to work in. >> you didn't do the potatoes, did you? >> that wasn't my strong point. i liked washing them, but not dicing them. >> reporter: abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> i like that she keeps a low profile. not the house, but her public profile. i got my money, i don't need to be out there. whatever. maybe one day, diana. >> whoo. that's how i'm going to be spending my billions.@ññc
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this morning on "world news now" -- secrets revealed. the white house is about to turn over classified information about the u.s. drone program. >> and just hours from now, the nominee for cia director john brennan will be in the hotseat facing some pretty tough questions. it's thursday, february 7th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning to all of you. i'm diana perez. >> and i'm rob nelson. we'll explain what's at stake today in that secret drone program coming up in our top story. this is a rare public glimpse into what really goes on and how america conducts its counterterrorism business. >> and how decisions are made. on top of that, the latest push to curb gun violence and restrict firearms. celebrities join lawmakers as members of the house launch a new anti-gun violence bill. also this morning, decision delayed. the boy scouts were set to announce an end to a century-long ban on gays. what stopped this decision from being made and why? and later this half hour, can you imagine spending 80 years with your spouse? meet a couple that's done just that. the love story that is making a little bit of history. one, they look good to have been married, not alive, but married 80 years. that's incredible. do you see yourself --
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marries for another -- how long you been married? >> 5 1/2. >> 75 more years to go. >> i'm going to be 145. >> that's a long time. >> and i'm not going to have patience for anything. >> you don't see that kind of love anymore. that kind of, like -- people don't do that anymore. >> no, no. and you have to hear why they're together and what they do to stay together. he's just so wonderful to her. it's therapy and beautiful and we all love them. >> everybody likes a good love story. stay tuned for that. first we want to get to this. new details in the growing controversy whether americans can be targeted in drone strikes. president obama is releasing confidential information about why such strikes are legal and necessary. >> as the cia director nominee faces tough questions today on capitol hill. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: it is a secret war, and in a sign of how pervasive and how hidden it is, the revelation that america has a secret base in saudi
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arabia, used to launch drones throughout the region. a tactic against terror which has grown 700% under the obama administration. whatever the benefit of the drone strikes, they have created enormous resentment among some here in the region, who view the strikes as another sign of american arrogance. everywhere i travel, from yemen -- >> i think americans they have no right. they have no right. this is our fight. >> reporter: to pakistan. >> you can keep saying, yes, you are hitting the top leadership. but the by-product of this is anger, anger among the innocent people who are getting killed. so you're just creating more terrorists. >> reporter: now the man who signs off on the kill list from a basement office in the white house, john brennan, about to be questioned in front of the world. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are indeed ethical and just. >> reporter: in pakistan alone,
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there have been more than 300 drone strikes in the last decade, killing thousands of al qaeda and taliban, but more than 300 civilians, as well. a world away in remote villages, you can hear them. like a distant muted chain saw. a dull but deadly roar. villagers describing it this way. the drones are all over my brain. i can't sleep. when they're hovering over us, we're all scared. a reality we seldom see says stanley mcchrystal, the retired general who once ran the military's drone strike program. >> if the threshold gets too low and we're too casual about it, then we'll forget how much scar tissue we have built up in those countries. >> reporter: general mcchrystal
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believes americans should have the chance to know about these secret drone wars to weigh the benefits and risks. they will have that opportunity when john brennan speaks. martha raddatz, abc news, jerusalem. >> one of the more interesting things in our post 9/11 world. we've seen this debate before, whether it was waterboarding and torture, whether it was abu ghraib, about how far are we willing to go to protect ourselves, if it means compromising our ideals when it comes to due process and civil liberties. it's an interesting debate. there probably's no real right answers. we've seen this kind of debate before. now the latest incarnation happens to be these drone strikes. >> and there are lawmakers in 11 states that want to do away with these. they're afraid that these drones are going to start flying over their states. but police agencies say they're helpful for surveillance, search and rescue. we saw a generation of it being used in -- for the little alabama boy who was in the bunker. they were trying to see if he was alive under the bunker.
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and they flew some kind of generation of a drove over there. so you can understand how in some cases it's helpful, but you can see how some people are very afraid of the civil liberties being -- >> security and liberties. that debate, that is what this seems to be about. the latest political maneuver against gun violence takes place on capitol hill. a new bill that will be introduced by top house democrats calls for a ban on assault weapons and also high-capacity magazines. they're also demanding background checks for all gun sales. the 15-point proposal is similar to the president's, but it does face an uphill battle in the republican-controlled house. and celebrities, politicians, and people affected by gun violence gathered in washington, adding their voices to the gun control debate. they appeared on behalf of the mayors against illegal guns group, founded by michael bloomberg and the mayor of boston. among those speaking out, kerry
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kennedy, the daughter of robert f. kennedy. >> it's almost impossible to describe the pain of losing your father to a senseless murder, or the anger and fear of knowing that that murder might have been avoided if only our leaders had acted to stop the violence. >> martin luther king iii said gun control would be a great tribute on the 50th anniversary of the march in washington. >> another interesting debate, people who are against it and people who are for it. and there's no right answers in this debate. >> a lot of gray area. we can have all the debate we want. it comes down to what capitol hill is willing to do. the one issue they seem to rally around is the background checks. there seems to be pretty widespread bipartisan support for that. but the other stuff, the assault weapons ban and high capacity magazines, things are going to get messy. so miles to go on that issue. a vote for chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense has been postponed. republicans are demanding to know more about the former senator's finances.
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hagel still has the backing of all the democrats in the senate. the vote was set for today and is postponed until at least next week. now to an eye-opening medical headline this morning and a health care burden for the u.s. neurologists predict the number of alzheimer's patients is expected to triple by the year 2050. that's when as many as 14 million patients may need care for the memory-robbing disease. the startling projection follows a study of patient records, as well as census numbers. and doctors are warning parents about a threatening strain of whooping cough. "the new england journal of medicine" reports it's caused by a vaccine resistant germ. the illnesses were first reported overseas. it's now hitting the u.s. and it's the worst outbreak of its kind in 60 years. and now to what will be the story of the weekend. a powerful blizzard is zeroing in on the northeast, threatening to bring fierce winds and up to two feet of snow. the nor'easter expected to be
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the worst in years is forming from two systems from the gulf coast and the great lakes. snow is coming down this morning in chicago. but by tomorrow night, this storm will be unleashing heavy snow on boston and coastal new england. and that storm, as you know, could make a mess out of travel, even before the first flakes fall. some airlines announced plans to relax rebooking rules so passengers can change flights without having to pay the standard fees. it's still too early to tell how many flights will be canceled, but expect a nightmare for all of you folks at the airport some time over the next few days. >> it might happen to you. and speaking of the weather, here's a look at your thursday forecast. that storm barreling to the northeast to bring snow to milwaukee, chicago, green bay and detroit before heading to the ohio valley and western new york. showers and thunderstorms from new orleans to the carolinas. mountain snow in the sierra nevada, cascades and the rockies. >> 40s from seattle to colorado springs.
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30s from the twin cities to detroit. 70s in dallas and new orleans. and a unique sort of retirement for a pretty unique player. 1,500 packers' fans were in green bay yesterday to watch as packers' receiver donald driver called it a career. even wisconsin's governor was there, declaring yesterday donald driver day. >> driver spent his entire 14-year career with the packers. along the way, he won his season on abc's "dancing with the stars." he'll be back on tv soon, guest hosting katie couric's talk show and appearing on abc's "extreme makeover weight loss edition." >> i smell a nice, lucrative tv career after your time on the field. interesting stat. he missed only four games in a career that spanned 14 years. that's impressive. >> wow. >> with injuries and other things? >> by the way, he was also the seventh round pick in 1999. so he wasn't all that popular. >> that doesn't mean anything. >> that don't mean nothing. >> it's not when you get picked.
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it's what you do after. >> he said he didn't want to cry and he held it together. >> well earned, that's for sure. coming up next, a love story that's gone on for 80 -- 8-0 years. >> a long time. and a landmark decision behind the boy scouts and why there's a sudden delay. you're watching "world news now." ♪ you take it on faith you take to it the heart the waiting is the hardest part ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by mucinex dm. my name is marjorie reyes, and i'm a chief warrant officer.
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part every day it's one more yard ♪ it's going to be a few more months before the boy scouts of america make a decision on whether or not to allow gay people into their ranks. >> the organization was close to announcing one, but it received so much feedback, its leaders decided to take a little more time to think it over. abc's cecilia vega has the emotional reaction. >> reporter: jennifer tyrrell was fired as a den leader. told her sexual orientation would be a distraction. >> i'm not a distraction. alicia is not a distraction. we are moms, and we're americans. >> reporter: that's her son, 8-year-old cruz in tears, with his two moms. the news that the scouts will postpone a decision on allowing gays in its ranks this time had tyrrell herself fighting tears. >> i'm not looking forward to
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having to go home and tell cruz that we have to wait a little longer. >> reporter: after last month's announcement that scouts were close to dropping the ban, there was an outpouring of feedback, like that from governor rick perry, an eagle scout opposed to the change. >> scouting is about teaching a substantial amount of life lessons, sexuality is not one of them. >> reporter: in a statement, the scouts say they concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy. when it comes to the future of an organization more than a century old, division persists. a new poll out shows a narrow majority of americans want the scouts to end its ban on openly gay members. and while 61% of women want to see that ban lifted, fewer than half of men agree. now time will tell. will the ban on gays end? tyrrell says she'll keep fighting. >> i will never stop fighting for what i know is right, and i'll never stop fighting for a better world for my children to live in. >> reporter: so what's next? the 1400 members of the boy
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scouts' national council will make the decision at the group's national meeting in may. cecilia vega, abc news, new york. >> just to put this into perspective, 23,000 people commented on their facebook page when they announced the fact that they were thinking about making the change. >> it's a hot issue, and everyone has an opinion on it. we're living in an era where you're seeing a lot of headway on this issue in terms of don't ask don't tell going away, in terms of the president coming out in support of same-sex marriage. the supreme court will take up gay marriage. over the summer here. you're seeing more states approve same-sex marriage. so this is the cultural issue we're in right now. and the latest manifestation is the boy scouts. so matter what they do, it's at the forefront of their agenda. so we'll see what they decide. >> and no matter what they decide to do, half of america will have a problem with it. >> and the gender gap is interesting, too. more women support the lifting the ban than the men. >> that is interesting. >> the latest culture war. here we go again. still ahead, going under water with one of the most experienced ocean scientists in the entire world.
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>> what she's learned in her 60 years studying the depths and why she's so concerned about the ocean's future. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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to see why her work is so vital. >> reporter: she's out there somewhere. under there somewhere. a woman known as her deepness. and when one of the most respected ocean scientists alive arranges for an urgent meeting at the bottom of the caribbean, you go. to our interview spot 62 feet below the surface. for 20 years, the reef base known as aquarius has bubbled off the florida keys, housing scientists of every stripe. this one-of-a-kind place is endangered, doomed by the federal budget ax. here to try to save it is the former head of noaa, unofficial sturgeon general, sylvia earl. hello, sylvia. good to see you again. >> good to see you, too. >> reporter: thanks for having me in. she originally fell in love with ocean plant life, the microscopic algae responsible for every fifth breath you take.
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but over the years, her wonder has been steadily replaced with worry. once vast pockets of thriving teeming life are getting increasingly hard to find. a warming planet is changing the acid levels in the sea, killing coral reefs, pesticides running down the mississippi and the deep water horizon disaster has stressed the gulf of mexico and she's determined to sound the alarm on the kind of rampart overfishing that's driven some piece is sis to the brink. >> the ecosystem is being destroyed. you can't imagine the farmer picking apples by lowering down the apple orchard. that's what we're doing in the ocean. >> reporter: she's concerned about the pesticides and mercury floating out here. one reason she says ocean study is more vital than ever. but research money is drying up. florida international university scraped together enough to save aquarius for now. but there are no long-term
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guarantees. i just want to thank you for this experience to be able to tell my grandkids that i actually went diving with sylvia earl. >> take care. >> god speed. >> that's impressive. >> not just an amazing cause, she's 77 years old and still doing that work. still rolling like that. that is impressive. for many reasons. >> hey, i'll be the next one down there. the next sylvia. hey, hey, hey. >> that's what you wear in the tub, huh? ? hd 3 [ female announcer ] going to sleep may be easy, but when you wake up
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>> 80. >> and that's why it's a clear winner for our -- "favor story of the day." the nation's longest married couple keeps love alive in their very own special way. here is our report from new haven, connecticut. >> reporter: john and ann have been married for more than 80 years. at 101 years old and 97 years old respectively, they are the country's longest married couple. >> we just fell in love, that's all. >> reporter: they tied the knot on november 25, 1932. and have been by each other's side ever since. so what's their secret? >> 80 years, you know, it's just contentment. >> 80 years of really living normally. >> just contentment. she's no problem. she's never worked. she's always cooked, took care of the family. a good mother. great mother. >> he's always had his hand on my knee or my hair. >> reporter: the happy couple met in bridgeport. in fact, their houses were right
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here. they lived right across the street from each other. but their union almost never happened because ann's parents arranged for her to marry someone else. that's when john and ann took matters into their own hands and eloped. >> we went to harrison, new york. >> we didn't have any money to go any further. >> reporter: they went on to have 5 kids, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. >> your love grows, you know. and it grows in very good directions for the two of us. >> reporter: their record-breaking union has meant the phone at their fairfield house has not stopped ringing. john and ann can't believe they hold the record. >> kind of surprised me that there aren't anymore. >> reporter: also surprised was the baker who made their anniversary cake. >> he thought it was our 80 years -- we were 80 years old. she said no, it's our 80th
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anniversary. he says he's never had one before. >> if that doesn't restore your faith in love a little bit, that's an impressive story. you don't see that anymore. people don't hang in there like that. >> their personality is so wonderful. the gentleman, he was talking about the fact that they've lost two kids, two of the five kids have passed away. he said, that's what happens when you last that long. >> endless love. that's a good way to end this half hour. more from abc next. that's a good way to end this half hour. more from abc next.
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this morning on "world news now" -- blizzard watch. the worst winter storm in two years threatens millions of people, with some areas bracing for two feet of snow, possibly even more. >> airports from chicago to boston are in crisis mode as airlines urge passengers to rebook. it's thursday, february 7th.
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>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> some of the worst habits of tv people. i'm guilty of it, too. we do this. you were flinging it around. >> i was getting my point across. >> anchors get fidgety. doodling. >> i get nervous when talking about the weather. >> oh, man. good morning, everybody. can you tell it's almost friday? >> getting whacky. >> that's it. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. the storm hits the northeast on the anniversary of an actual winter disaster. that went down in history in 1978. accuweather has the very latest. also this morning, the invisible enemy attacking the u.s. how hackers are getting to the heart of computer systems and why it's so difficult to track down the criminals responsible. >> sign of the times in this cyber world. those hackers are out there and they're good. >> the latest thing they're doing, too. >> getting into very deep levels
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of government. that's the scary part, you know, what they can affect. also later, from laughter to outrage. new jersey governor chris christie joked around on late night tv this week. we told you about his appearance on "letterman." he was joking about his weight. but now you'll see what turned from laughter to anger the governor speaking out now against some folks who were concerned about his weight. >> you'll hear what he told them to do with their opinions. >> he ain't bashful. >> right. now to a new study, just before valentine's day, that reveals what singles look for in a potential mate. it's a pumped up body. or something else? we'll tell you. >> interesting. everyone has that checklist of, i need this, this, this, and that. yeah, so -- a little bit of that. none of that. >> you want kris kardashian -- not -- kris kardashian, that's not who you want. >> kim. let's be clear.
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let's look at the powerful blizzard taking aim at the northeast. forecasters warn this could be historic. if you're judging by two years of history. >> that's true. it's actually two storms that are converging into a giant system, whipping up 50-mile-an-hour winds and two feet of snow. it could rival the monster blizzards that you see here. those slammed the area two years ago. new england is expected to be hardest hit with the heaviest snow coming down tomorrow evening. >> airlines, of course, are getting prepared for the worst. they've already started waiving rebooking fees for flights into and out of the blizzard zone. carriers are keeping a close eye on the forecast before announcing what could be numerous cancellations. travelers, beware. and people across new england are taking no chances. in rhode island, they're stocking up on groceries and filling up their tanks. and shovels and generators are
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flying off the shelves in connecticut. for more, let's go to accuweather and get the latest from meteorologist jim dickey. good morning, jim. >> good morning, rob and diana. a major winter storm brewing here. we're watching two systems expected to come together on friday. first system today, moving its way across the upper midwest. bringing heavy snow to wisconsin, northern michigan, with ice in chicago. watch out during that morning commute. could be some slick spots on the roadways. this while a system is bringing plenty of moisture across the southeast. moisture from this storm is soaking rain, combined with that system in the north, bringing upper level energy. leading to a powerful snowstorm here. potentially a blizzard. snow arrives friday across portions of new england, especially boston here. big-time accumulations expected. multiple feet not out of the question here. snow, and all snow northward into maine. icy mix likely in new york city that lasts into saturday. rob and diana, back to you. >> thanks for that, jim. and now our other major story this morning, the growing controversy of drone attacks on american terror suspects. john brennan, the president's choice to head the cia, is expected to be questioned about the policy today during confirmation hearings. he's also expected to face tough questions over harsh
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interrogation methods and long detention of suspects without due process. ahead of today's hearing, the white house ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents about the administration's drone program, this comes days after a group of 11 senators demanded more information, especially about the killing of american citizens. at least one prominent republican is backing the policy. south carolina's lindsay graham says he's 100% behind it. >> at the center of everything here is due process, or lack thereof, when it comes to attacks on american citizens outside of america. >> you hear two key arguments. this is what america stands for. you're violating civil liberties. other people say in a post 9/11 world, whatever you have to do to stop that from happening again, go ahead and do it. and keep us all safe. warfare doesn't really have any rules, particularly when you're trying to stop a constantly evolving enemy. so, it's a gray area on this one.
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>> i think a lot of people are okay with the idea of beginning out and killing the terrorist ts, taking care of them if they're outside of the country. we don't think about it or worry about it. but when we start talking about it happening to americans who have, perhaps, lost their way somewhere, and now they're somewhere else and they become a terrorist cell, we're not going to ask them, hey, what's on your mind? we're just going to kill them. that's the problem. >> the homegrown terrorists right in our midst. the federal reserve says it's fixed what it calls a temporary vulnerability which allowed hackers to breach one of its websites. a fed official also claims no critical operations were affected. but as abc's pierre thomas reports, more computer attacks are likely. >> reporter: this is the public face of anonymous. the shadowy group behind the hacking attack on the federal reserve, which sets monetary policy for the u.s. economy.
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>> this time there will be change. or there will be chaos. >> reporter: anonymous is a loosely affiliated network of hackers spread across the globe. during the hack of the fed, anonymous stole the login credentials of some 4,000 bankers from across the country, allowing the group to potentially disrupt a key emergency communication system. >> citizens of the world, we have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights. >> reporter: greg house, a former member of anonymous, says expect more attacks on the government. >> all these big bankers and all these big rich people who have caused a lot of the problems we've had over the last few years are not getting prosecuted. >> reporter: the fbi has had some success against suspected anonymous associates. arresting at least 20. including one arrest heard in the background during this web chat. >> fbi, get down right now! >> reporter: but finding and arresting members of anonymous is challenging. for the fbi, each targeted computer network is a crime scene. >> on any computer crime, you want to look for the computer footprints.
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so you look to see the incoming traffic. so you look to see where the file was exported to. >> reporter: and a big investigative tool, agents posing as hackers and trying to infiltrate anonymous itself. in addition, the videos are also clues. the video may contain embedded location information if the hackers do not scrub it out. and the pictures may tell investigators something about the hackers, too. an online game of cat and mouse is under way right now. with an invisible enemy. pierre thomas, abc news, washington. >> the tentacles that this -- yeah. they are far reaching and they are not letting up any time soon. >> not uncommon. they've had similar attacks -- "new york times," "bloomberg news," "the washington post." they've all reported similar inciden incidents. so for all the good and all the convenience that computers have brought us, there's a dark side to everything, because the proliferation of computers means the proliferation of computer nerds and evil ones who try to get into the pentagon and fbi, credit cards and all kinds of things. so it is a dark side. >> and anonymous swears they're doing this for the public good. that's questionable.
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if you ask me. >> a good debate to have. >> that's true. in other news this morning, new york city may soon join other communities nationwide in an environmental crackdown. cups and containers made out of styrofoam may soon be illegal in new york because it can't be recycled. to cut sanitation costs, new york may join a growing list of cities to ban the stuff -- ban styrofoam altogether. some restaurant owners oppose it bauds styrofoam containers, you guessed it, are pretty cheap. the postmaster's plan to cut most saturday deliveries beginning in august could be challenged in august. the postal service says the move could save $2 billion a year. one company that would benefit from dropping saturday mail deliveries is netflix. the company could be more profitable because subscribers may be able to have fewer dvds delivered for the same monthly price. >> that move doesn't upset me. one less day to get the bills. >> we had this debate with my husband. i happen to love getting mail. >> really?
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>> it's an american tradition. it's like taking away apple pie or baseball or monday night r.a.w. or whatever you guys like. >> you can keep my light bill. i ain't in no rush. we also have an update on one of our own. abc's barbara walters. she's preparing to return to work. barbara phoned in to "the view" telling her co-hosts she's still a little baek, but not in any pain. barbara is recovering from chickenpox, as well as an injury she suffered during a fall few weeks back. she does plan to return to "the view" in about three weeks. there are plenty of animals roaming around in chicago. there are the cubs, the bulls, and of course, the bears. >> the bears. add to that list the coyotes. a couple of them at least. they were seen just hanging out yesterday in a snow-covered ball field. animal control officers say it's the coyotes' mating period.
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so they have to be out and about in order to find mates. >> that's right. >> coyotes or coyotes? >> i hear it both ways. someone chime in on twitter. the city has no plans to move the coyotes unless they actually pose a threat. but it's mating season. they're just trying to get their groove on. >> in urban places like chicago, you don't -- [ howling ] >> is that a scream? >> it's a mating call. >> a mating call. really? we'll talk more about that during the commercial. >> i need to stop embarrassing myself on this show. >> please don't. coming up, the $200 reward to avoid social media. and do you measure up in today's singles scene? find out what potential mates are looking for the most. it might be that mating call. >> what's your mating call? [ howling ] ♪ i'm thanking you for knowing exactly what a girl wants, what a girl needs ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. news now"
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♪ but till then tramps like us, baby, we were born to run ♪ ♪ honey, tramps like us, baby born to run. the boss. >> that's right. new jersey's own bruce springsteen, describing what his
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state's governor may be doing in the future. but critics think chris christie's weight is a big obstacle. >> but now christie is blasting those critics, saying hey, enough is enough. with more on this, here's abc's dan harris. >> this is just another hack who wants five minutes on tv. >> reporter: chris christie displaying his famous new jersey candor. reacting to former white house doctor connie mariano. who, on cnn, called the governor a time bomb. >> i'm a physician more than a democrat or republican and i worry about this man dying in office. >> she must be a genius. >> reporter: the governor questioned how she could diagnose him from her office in arizona. >> it's completely irresponsible. my 12-year-old son came to me last night and said, dad, are you going to die? >> hey, bring it, fat boy! >> chris christie said he's not sure if he's going to run for re-election next year. he's like, i'll collapse that bridge when i get to it. >> reporter: his weight has been constant issue that he's handled both with humor -- days ago eating a doughnut on the show
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with david letterman. christie who was slender and athletic as a young man, insists his health is still good. >> if you talk to anybody in the room that's struggled with their weight -- >> reporter: -- but he's aware his weight could become a serious issue, and that he has a plan to deal with it. when you look at him, do you think he's a ticking time bomb? >> i think it's really very judgmental to have such a strong conviction when you have no innate knowledge of his level of activity, his left of fitness. >> reporter: but dr. mariano said it is sad the governor cannot take my advice and instead chose to attack me personally. probably not going to fly with christie, who has now made it very clear that he has no patience for people who speculate about his health before having all the facts. >> until that time, she should shut up. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york. >> i agree with the governor. this man's not running for national office just yet. >> cutting him down! >> he said he's battling his
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weight issue. it's his issue. he's aware of it, doing what he can and until he runs for president or whatever he's going to do in the future, leave the man alone. the governor's weight is not a national crisis or national news story. >> and he owns it. he said, i weigh too much because i eat too much. >> he owns it. and we're not exactly a slim nation. he's not the only one with a problem out there. i don't understand the big deal. about chris christie's weight. everyone back off, let him have his doughnut and move on to something relevant. still ahead, a new survey reveals what singles really want in a date. >> how does the survey measure up in the real world? we'll be right back. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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>> a little. very little. >> welcome back to the quiet store. as with anything in life, you have to know what you want before you get it. and it's the same deal with dating. i've always said that. >> that's right. a new survey from match.com reveals what many singles out there are looking for. so abc's linsey davis hit the streets to find out if that survey actually holds true. ♪ i won't dance >> i'm going to be the one guy on earth who knows what women want. >> you're welcome, my little sweet buns. >> reporter: you might not have to be a mind reader like mel gibson to know what singles want in an ideal mate. a brand new survey from match.com shows what men and women find attractive in the opposite sex. attributes that surprised many of the singles we found honing and toning their bodies at new york sports club. are there certain body parts that you would be attracted to? >> i have to say eyes. >> probably the eyes. >> reporter: in the online and admittedly unscientific survey, eyes didn't score in the top ten things men or women judge the opposite sex on the most.
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would it surprise you to know that the number one thing that men said attract them to women and women said attracted them to men -- teeth? >> really? >> i would say the smile. definitely. >> probably the smile. >> reporter: speaking of the mouth, it's not your smile but what comes out of it. that ranks second on the list of desirable essentials. the second thing is grammar. >> oh, i love grammar. >> reporter: while men and women agree that teeth and grammar are the two most important attribute, women say after that, they judge by clothes followed by hair. while men prioritized hair right before clothes. the top must have for 63% of men, someone they can trust. 84% of women say someone who treats them with respect. and apparently virgins need not apply. 42% of unattached men and women say they wouldn't date one. would you date a virgin? >> i think i'm too old for that. >> reporter: but what will apparently help you get on the fast track to a hot date?
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some dental floss and toothpaste. you guys both have very nice teeth. that should make you very eligible bachelors, i would say. >> hopefully. >> reporter: linsey davis, abc news, new york. >> so, that's not education level. not what your face looks like. >> they're worried about the gingivitis and the gapped teeth. >> what if they have wonderful teeth but their face is busted? that's okay? that's not okay. >> that can't be right. do you have a -- is there a key body part for you? >> yes. >> yes. it can be frustrating. it's hard to turn off and go back to sleep. intermezzo is the first and only prescription sleep aid approved for use as needed in the middle of the night when you can't get back to sleep. it's an effective sleep medicine you don't take before bedtime. take it in bed only when you need it and have at least four hours left for sleep. do not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction
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♪ >> that kid was asleep. knocked out. and then that song came on, much to the, as you can see, to the delight of i assume his sister next to him, just rocking out. >> their own version of "gangnam style." that's for sure. >> he's into it, man. he's feeling the beat. i like it. that is cute. >> that is cute. moving on to other stories about kids. there's a dad in boston. he is a vice president. his name is paul, and he drafted up a legal agreement with his 14-year-old daughter named rachel to give her $200 if she agrees to stay off facebook for six months. she gets 50 bucks in april. another 150 in june. here's the best part. it was her idea to do this. because she says she wants to get a job and focus more on school. and you may remember we did a story yesterday about the fact that a lot of people across america, 65% of those polled, take time off of facebook, because they lose interest or don't have the time for it. >> that doesn't apply to us.
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because we both talked about how -- i know i'm a facebook addict. many times a day i'm on facebook. >> i can do some of it. i'm not an addict per se, but i like facebook. >> i can't remember the last time i was not on it. >> when i was on maternity leave, there was less facebook time. >> weak mind is that what you said, willis? >> oh, the willis. the willis. >> i'm not going to respond to that. also, if you're like me, you may have wondered what they do with all of the wrong jerseys for the super bowl. they print a whole bunch of stuff. what did they do with the stuff that said, hey, 49ers, world champions? they send it to a group called world vision, a humanitarian organization, which sends those clothes to impoverished nations.
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to parts of the world who have no idea about nfl football. don't have the internet. and all those clothes go there. so they don't waste all that stuff. it goes to a good cause, which is good to see. just interesting trivia. >> that's the kind of thing that you -- they don't have the internet. so they'll never find out. these are places -- these are places that have no idea. >> exactly. they need it. they're impoverished nations. so good. >> and the 49ers, what are you going to do at that point? they lost. my 49ers. >> you were very bummed about that. those wounds starting to heal? >> i'll take some of the gear. send it to me. i'll take some bum gear. what do we call that gear? >> send it to deeply impoverished manhattan. we're so in need here.
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this morning on "world news now" -- about face. lance armstrong's 11th hour decision to testify under oath in his doping scandal. >> his last-minute move last night and the multimillion-dollar lawsuit he faces today. it's thursday, february 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm diana perez. we'll hear all about the last-minute legal maneuvers and what it means for lance armstrong in our top story. this is something we were definitely not expecting. >> no. no. he's had a remarkable last few weeks. first the big admission with oprah. and now apparently he was petrified when news broke that this could turn criminal. now a very different change in tune for mr. armstrong. >> so we'll delve into that. also this morning, the worst winter storm in years is about to threaten major airline hubs and millions of people, from chicago to the northeast. accuweather is tracking all of it. >> it is wintertime, folks. here we go. you and i share a strong loathing of cold weather. i know you're a new york girl. >> quite a disdain for it. oh, yeah, no -- i -- not a fan of the cold. and i'm not a fan of people who like the cold. >> i agree. i don't get it. >> i don't understand. what could you possibly like? >> i don't get it either.
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>> there are activities in the cold, like skiing and that's fun. but to just like the cold? >> i don't like it. give me a beach, 80 degrees. some flip-flops and a corona. >> you like chlorine. >> i like the beach, i don't like the ocean. that's different. >> like to look at the ladies. >> morning, girl. then to a "world news now" followup. american couples who got caught up in a political tangle while trying to adopt russian children. one family's struggle to bring home a special needs daughter for good. later on this half hour, the fashion police cracking down on the grammy awards. what performers can and cannot wear. it is a pretty specific guideline. we'll explain all of that in "the skinny." that's coming up. >> some of the ladies like to show a little something something on the red carpet. they're cracking down in very explicit terms of what you can and cannot show. mm. just -- >> and mm. and mm. and mm. >> and mm. and what? >> yeah. >> that will be fun.
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so we'll get to that in just a second. of course, our top story this half hour. federal anti-doping authorities are giving lance armstrong more time to prepare for what should be bombshell testimony under oath about how he used illegal drugs while winning seven tour de france titles. >> that extension comes amid legal -- some serious legal woes. abc's neal karlinsky has the latest. >> reporter: abc news learned that lance armstrong has made an 11th hour about face and will now likely testify under oath and give full details of how he cheated for so long to the u.s. anti-doping agency. armstrong had been faced with a deadline to testify or lose his last chance at break on his lifetime ban from sports. in a just-released statement, usada's ceo, travis tygart write, we've been in communication with mr. armstrong and his representatives. we understand that he does want to be part of the solution to clean up the sport of cycling.
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the sudden change comes on the heels of an abc news exclusive. our report that according to a high level source, agents are actively investigating armstrong or obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation, for allegedly threatening people who dared tell the truth about his cheating. a case reignited by his recent confession to oprah. >> i didn't invent the culture. >> mm-hmm. >> but i didn't try to stop the culture. >> reporter: if charges are ultimately filed, the consequences could be severe. >> these are serious potential crimes. you're talking about possible sentences, up to five, ten years. >> reporter: the pressures against armstrong are immense, and include civil claims that could cost him tens of millions. anti-doping officials say they're giving armstrong two weeks to come in and tell them who helped him pull off one of the greatest scandals in the world of sport. neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle. >> so he has two weeks to come clean or have to testify under oath. february 20th a very important deadline for lance. >> that's right. there's something else that's out there.
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there's a dallas-based promotions company that is filing a lawsuit against armstrong. they want to recover $12 million they paid him in bonuses for winning the tour de france seven times. this man is being hit by all directions. some would say he went out there and asked for it with this oprah confession. >> but it had to be calculated. i mean, he has a team of lawyers and pr people. >> oh, he knew what he was doing. >> he had to know something was coming. maybe that was a way from a pr perspective to get a hand up on things. there's a reason he came clean when he did. it wasn't because he woke up that day and said, oh, i'll talk to oprah. >> i don't know that he expected all of this. >> i mean, legal, criminal, financial, it's a big hit. and that ban is from all competitive sports. not just cycling. >> he can never -- anything that is posted, he can never, ever compete in whatever that competition is. >> and the doping was bad. as always, with anything you do if life, the lying makes it worse. >> the coverup and the lying. you've always said that. now we're going to turn to an update on u.s. skier lindsey
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vonn. she will have surgery on her injured knee sometime next week. she tore two ligaments and broke a bone in a race in austria. she will have surgery in colorado. no one is saying when she'll be arriving there actually. she says she will do whatever it takes to be ready for next year's olympics which begin a year from today. the northeast is bracing for what is likely to be a monster storm expected to leave some cities buried under two feet of snow. forecasters say it could be the worst snowstorm to hit the northeast since the powerful blizzards that paralyzed the area two winters ago. the heaviest snow moves in friday evening, with boston and coastal new england bearing the brunt of it. and the new york city area could also get a fair share of snow. and the storm is trouble for airline travelers and major hubs, including chicago. some airlines are already waiving rebooking fees from midwest and northeast flights. major delays and cancellations are expected to follow. and snow is coming down in chicago.
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freezing rain and sleet is expected throughout the morning. that means a very messy and treacherous commute for millions of people. as the storm intensifies, plows are also hitting the streets in madison, wisconsin. >> we can't complain too much. the last two winters have been fairly light by northeast terms. so we're kind of due for a messy one, and here it comes. >> it always happens in february. >> that's right. as you can imagine, winter warnings and advisories have been posted in 14 states from minnesota over to maine. >> the storm will develop into a nor'easter. accuweather meteorologist jim dickey has the latest. good morning, jim. >> good morning, rob and diana. we're tracking the potential for a major winter storm here. a crippling winter storm. that will develop into friday adds two systems come together here. the area we're watching especially here in across massachusetts, towards southern maine. by the time all is said and done here, many spots picking up multiple feet of snow. snow and all snow in portions of
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massachusetts up on through vermont, new hampshire. it arrives late friday, lasting in some cases all the way through saturday. rob and diana, back to you. >> thanks a lot, jim. now to that bombshell on capitol hill where we can expect to get a rare glimpse inside the secret world of the cia. later today. it's all part of a confirmation hearing for john brennan. as the next head of the spy agency. he's expected to be questioned about the controversial policy that allows drone strikes against terror suspects, even those who are american citizens. civil liberties groups say such strikes are unconstitutional. >> it justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> trying to head off the controversy ahead of the hearing today, the white house has ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents that explain the white house's drone policy. a boeing 787 dreamliner will
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fly from texas to washington state today, but that doesn't mean it's closer to carrying passengers any time soon. 787s are grounded while investigators try to determine what caused a fire in one of them and smoke inside of another. the plane's lithium ion battery is under scrutiny. a lead investigator says the batteries aren't necessarily unsafe. but boeing needs to build reliable safeguards in the event of a problem. today's flight is not a test, it's simply to relocate that aircraft. also from the airline industry, our station in dallas reports american airlines and u.s. airways are very close to a merger. the announcement is likely to be made official sometime next week. it's believed that the combined airline will retain the american name. if it happens, the new airline would likely be the nation's largest, measuring it by traffic. a unique athletic event took place here in new york last night. it was the 36th annual empire state building run-up. runners climbed 86 flights of stairs from the buildings's lobby all the way up to the observation deck. >> if you're counting, that's
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1,576 steps in all. but who's counting? australians won the men's and women's division. also among the participants was talk show host kelly ripa. she participated, there she is, along with some of the on-air personalities of our new york station, wabc. congrats to everyone who, unlike me, has the stamina and fitness level to endure that little run there. >> so this is kind of cute. she was raising money, that's why she did this. >> kelly? >> yeah. for a charity called team for kids. she wanted to raise $35,000. as of air, she had raised 36 grand. so good for her. congratulations. >> good for kelly. is that something you think you could do? are you fit? like a fitness nut? >> no. in fact, i had seen kelly working out, and i would get to the gym, she would be on the treadmill. i would do my entire workout, which was a half an hour, with like, warmup, and cooldown, and i would shower and leave and she would still be there. >> oh, kelly. >> thanks, kelly.
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where i belong ♪ a 5-year-old russian girl is going home for the first time in her young life. her adoptive parents from arkansas are ready to bring her to the united states. but other couples have not been so lucky. >> here is one of the last adoptions that's being allowed. abc's kirit radia brings us the story from moscow. >> reporter: it's a reunion that almost didn't happen. kendra and jason skaggs arrived in moscow to pick up paulina, a 5-year-old orphan with spina bifida, now their adoptive daughter. >> it's a dream come true. it doesn't quite hit you yet that we have her and she's ours. >> reporter: paulina is one of the last russian children to be adopted by americans, barely escaping russia's new ban on adoptions to the united states. it went into effect on january 1st. part of russia's retaliation for a set of human rights sanctions passed by the u.s. last year. americans have adopted over 60,000 russian children since the end of the soviet union. but russian officials have
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pointed to the cases of 19 children reportedly abused by american parents. meanwhile, ordinary russians reached out to offer support. one woman gave kendra and jason $1,000 to help cover expenses. another dropped off a pair of warm boots for paulina. finally, authorities agreed to allow about 50 children to travel to the u.s., including paulina. yet hundreds more adoptions remain stuck. those families may never see the children again. as she prepared to leave moscow, paulina was excited. practicing her english, and playing with her new gift. >> she's learning that it's forever and we'll be there when she goes to sleep and we'll be there when she wakes up. >> reporter: when the plane touched down in houston, paulina skaggs was finally home. kirit radia, abc news, moscow. >> and good to see that story, but keep in mind, hundreds of cases are still locked up, not moving anywhere. even cases where parents have met the child. some parents are looking into some kind of legal action or
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some kind of next step to try to fight this. but certainly an uphill battle. in what is a difficult situation. >> you connect with a child and then you have to leave them behind. >> exactly. tough. tough, tough, tough. coming up next, some big promises from the filmmakers behind the end of a very popular trilogy. >> oh, i like that. and diamonds are a kardashian's best friend. but this unusual jewel is creating some backlash for kim. that's next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our ñ?
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♪ skinny, so skinny skinny in the house! >> welcome, everybody, to "the skinny." >> this next story is dedicated to willis. you're going to like this. >> willis, you can't wear your pasties anymore. all right, so with the grammys coming up, the annual grammys have apparently sent out a wardrobe advisory to attendees. and this is because of their wardrobe problems that we've seen in past years. >> scandalous. remember that? >> this was mtv awards. pasties are not allowed. now this is what's interesting. i want to read you this. this is what's really interesting. i'm going to read you some of the quotes. be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.
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thong-type costumes are not allowed. bare sides or under curvature of breasts are deemed problematic. hello, j. lo. visible buttocks curves or buttock crack -- >> crack will kill you. >> -- also not allowed. or see-through clothes that can expose female breast nipples also not allowed. so you can wear -- >> what's the point of watching? >> you can wear your sheer shirt and show male nipples. female nipples not allowed. that's sexist. >> nipples don't -- >> what if i want to show my nipples? that's not cool. >> it is sweeps. go for it. >> we need the ratings. >> the grammys cracking down. people like to see those raunchy outfits. i don't care what they say. we'll see who breaks the rules. that's always the fun part. also, big news here. "hangover 3" is coming. i don't care what anyone says, people loved that movie. >> "hangover 1" one of my favorite movies of all time. hands down. >> number two didn't get a lot of great reviews. >> it was terrible.
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>> what they're saying about number three is it is going to really really different. they say it's going to tie back to the first movie in a unique way. and they see this movie as the ending to the "hangover" trilogy. this movie was a cultural phenomenon when it came out. and it made a ton of money. so it's good that this one will be coming out. so stay tuned for that coming out may 2013. >> wow, really, already? >> i think i'm reading that correctly. yes. >> wow. it takes a shoe string and $3 to make those movies nowadays. any way. >> it's all good. now kim kardashian, your wife, and i apologize i have to talk about this story. but kim kardashian signed a pledge that -- against gun violence when the sandy hook thing happened. and she encouraged her twitter followers to do the same. then she posted on twitter this picture, which obviously goes against everything.
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it's diamond encrusted and a really cute gun, i get it. but not days, days after you sign the pledge and ask your people to sign the pledge, as well. she quickly deleted this. obviously realizing the hypocrisy of it. and she's posted other pictures of her and guns before. so it's not the first time. >> kim has never been known for her big brain. let's just say that. also, chris brown is back in court, in relation to the 2009 issue with rihanna. and guess who he shows up with? rihanna herself. they're back in court. trying to figure out as part of his probation, did she skip out -- did he skip out on the community service he was required to do? >> after beating her up. >> there is rihanna still standing by her man. p out on the community service. >> after beating her up. >> there is rihanna still standing by her man. new sfloou
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♪ whoa you're a rich girl and you've gone too far cause you know it don't matter any way ♪ >> you can rely on the old man's money. i love that song. >> that wasn't the "rich girl" song i thought we were going to be playing. >> you were expecting the hip-hop version? >> yeah. >> this is abc.
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b.e.t. is that way. >> you can take the girl out of queens. >> nothing wrong with it, baby. nothing wrong with it. >> all right. now to the story of a reclusive heiress, one of the youngest female billionaires on the planet and rob's new crush. >> this is a nice story here. lindsey torres owns half of the fast food chain in-and-out burger. soon she'll own it all. abbie boudreau has a look at torres and her unusual life. >> reporter: from animal styles to a four by four, in-and-out burgers have cult status with 281 restaurants in five states, and 2.9 million facebook fans. but just like their secret ingredients -- what's in that sauce by the way? much about the burger chain's owner remains a mystery. until now. she's 30-year-old lindsey torres, outed as the youngest
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female billionaire in america. but who is she? >> she's very secretive, as is the company. she's kept this very low profile. >> reporter: in the 2010 documentary, "california gold in and out," she gives a rare interview, talking about teaching employees the values her grandparents built the company on. >> we started as a very small family, very small company. and i like to bring that family atmosphere. >> reporter: here's a little we know about torres. she inherited the burger empire at age 30. she's been married three times, a proud mommy of twins. and her unusual hobby? >> you can catch america's youngest female billionaire racing a car as much as 170 miles an hour. >> reporter: as a private company, in-and-out's earnings are a secret, too. though some estimates put them over $600 million a year. perhaps that's why torres could recently spring for this sprawling $17 million estate,
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complete with 7 bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, a golf course, and yes, a gourmet kitchen. a world away from the family kitchen she used to work in. >> you didn't do the potatoes, did you? >> that wasn't my strong point. i liked washing them, but not dicing them. >> reporter: abbie boudreau, abc news, los angeles. >> i like that she keeps a low profile. not the house, but her public profile. i got my money, i don't need to be out there. whatever. maybe one day, diana. >> whoo. that's how i'm going to be spending my billions. look how mad i look. that's because i'm just in the drive-through.
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this morning, america's secret war. >> it's taking center stage today. deep debate over the use of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. as we learn about a top-secret u.s. drone based overseas. storm watch. millions now bracing for a
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blizzard that could start tonight. snow amounts not seen in years. and it was the biggest powerball prize since that $600 million megajackpot. overnight, someone became $200 million richer. >> clearly not us. and fashion police ready to crack down at sunday's grammy awards. and good thursday morning, everybody. they are the not-so-secret weapons of the war on terror. unmanned drones, dispatched to places not safe for u.s. troops. >> under the obama administration, their use has increased. but it's now under serious fire on capitol hill. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: president obama's pick for cia director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party. at his confirmation hearing this afternoon, dem